"If" Poster

By Joey Garcia

"If" by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Maid Idea

This poem basically sketches out the characteristics that every adult should have in his or her lifetime. In this scenario it's a man, and it's just telling what experiences and faults life will bring you. The types of people you will come across and how to deal with unexpected situations. It's also telling that we only get one shot at this life that we have, and anytime we have an opportunity to chase it and don't regret the decisions we make. Even if there is a great risk, we never know until we try. If we fail in a disgracefully manner, and fall back to the bottom, it's a man's motive to pick himself back up. Potentially soar above expected self goals,


I chose this poem because everything it defines is definitely true. Our lives are too short to worry but yet too long to struggle. It shows me not to stress, because as long as I have legs and feet, I can always pick myself back up.
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